Around the Region - Jan. 30


Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 11:11 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Deputies arrest wanted man

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Lake City man Wednesday who was wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred earlier this month.

Irving Jeffrey White Jr., 19, was being held at the Columbia County jail on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge, the Sheriff's Office reported. His bond had been set at $26,000.

The shooting occurred on Jan. 16 on NW Maxwell Glenn, where a fight started among neighbors. White allegedly had a .22-caliber handgun and fired at least three shots. One struck a man in the lower back.

Officers received information about where White was located Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office reported. He was caught and arrested after he ran from a home.

Deputies also recovered a gun believed to be involved in the shooting.

Lise Fisher

ROAD WORK

U.S. 129 to be resurfaced in Feb.

Road work is expected to begin next week on about three miles of U.S. 129 in Suwannee County, the Florida Department of Transportation reported.

Crews will begin resurfacing the roadway, which runs from the Gilchrist County line to the U.S. 27 intersection, the agency reported.

The project should be completed in about 30 days but may take longer due to weather delays.

Anderson Columbia Company Inc. of Lake City has been hired to complete the work, DOT reported.

Staff report

STATE

Motorized gorilla stolen from store

TAMPA Missing: one motorized gorilla, dressed in Arizona Cardinals garb.

The owner of a Tampa vacuum store says surveillance video caught two women dragging the fake gorilla away from his business Wednesday.

The gorilla, which is programed to wave at passers-by, is valued at $1,200.

Another motorized gorilla is still outside the vacuum store.

The Associated Press

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